British Grand Prix 2021
This weekend sees the return of the British Grand Prix at the renowned Silverstone circuit. F1 teams are excited to be graced with the presence of their fans once again following restrictions that prevented spectators due to covid-19, and this weekend is sure not to disappoint with 200,000+ fans estimated to attend and bring back the buzz of support and excitement to the circuit and F1 championship.
Home Win For Hamilton?
Will Lewis Hamilton bring it home on his own soil after several disappointing weeks or will Verstappen continue to dominate the championship and bridge the gap wider? Verstappen is already on a 32-point lead over Hamilton with the Red Bull team 44 points ahead in the constructor standings. Mercedes have won three of the past five Silverstone F1 races, but Max Verstappen has won the latest Grand Prix at this venue as he took victory in the 2020 70th anniversary Grand Prix and won the last three most recent races in a row, so is looking in extremely good form. Is it too late for Hamilton? Keep up to date with all the F1 news, stats, and betting odds here at www.bob88.co.uk
Silverstone Circuit Stats
Circuit name: Silverstone
First Grand Prix: 1950
Circuit length: 5.891km
Sprint race distance: 100km
Race distance: 306.198km
Number of laps: 52
Lap record: 1.27.097 Max Verstappen (2020)
Silverstone Hosts New Weekend Format
This weekend sees one of the biggest shake-ups in F1 history where we will see a change to the format and schedule of the race in a bid to ‘spice up’ the event and add a level of intrigue.
For the first time, drivers will complete their practice and qualifying races both on the same day (Friday 16th July) with only two practice races compared to the previous three.
The qualifying race that would normally take place on a Saturday will now be replaced by a new F1 sprint race. This is a mini race over a 100K distance which is designed to be short and fast without the strategic intricacies of Sunday’s big race.
As the name ‘F1 sprint’ suggests, it is designed to be a flat-out sprint from start to finish. The starting positions are determined from the qualifying race however, the biggest spanner to be thrown into this new format is the position they finish as the sprint determines their starting position for the main race on Sunday. One wrong move could leave one of the title favourites starting way down the order. To add to the excitement and push the drivers even more to their absolute limit, the F1 Sprint offers the drivers the chance to win up to 3 extra points on top of the normal 25 on offer from the main race. Extra points are only offered to the first 3 cars to finish the sprint – 1st gaining 3 extra points, 2nd gaining 2 extra points and 3rd gaining 1 point.
This is not currently a format that is scheduled to be included in the remainder of the races for the F1 championship 2021, but it is expected to take place again at the Italian GP in September and one of the long-haul rounds which frame the final few months of the season. If this new format is considered a success then it is likely to be expended in the 2022 F1 championship.
Tyre Rule changes for Silverstone
This weekend sees the use of tyres being restricted in comparison to the usual Grand Prix consisting of one set less taking it down to 12 sets of slicks instead of the usual 12. The new format in which they are required to adhere to are as follows:
- In first practice, teams can only use two of the three types of tyres – hard, medium and soft.
- Qualifying will only be run on the soft compound, with each team getting five sets.
- One set of tyres only for second practice of the team’s choice.
- Two sets of tyres for the sprint qualifying race of the team’s choice
- Remaining two new sets of tyres is a free choice in terms of the compound for the start of the race.
Silverstone itself is one of the biggest tests of the year due to its fast corners, meaning some degree of tyre management is always essential.
Race Weekend Set To Be A Scorcher
The return to Silverstone this weekend is set to be a scorcher with temperatures expected to reach 28 degrees by Sunday.
Rain tyres are very unlikely to be making an appearance this weekend which makes a change for a British Grand Prix, but the higher temperatures expected will place greater pressure on the other tyres. Increased temperatures on the asphalt can cause the tyres to wear a lot quicker, so drivers will have to make some careful pitstop decisions should it be necessary.
F1’s New Race Schedule
Friday 16th July
Practice one @ 14.30pm BST
Qualifying @ 18.00pm BST
Saturday 17th July
Practice Two @ 12.00pm BST
New F1 sprint @ 16.30pm BST
Sunday 18th July
The British GP Race @ 15.00pm BST
Get set for another action-packed racing weekend with F1 making history. Who will you predict to be the fastest qualifier, sprint winner, or overall race winner? Check out our latest odds below.